The Texas A&M University College of Medicine announced Monday afternoon the appointment of Amy Waer as its interim dean, effective Sept. 1. 

The appointment comes as the medical school prepares to begin its search for a permanent replacement for Carrie L. Byington, who will soon depart to serve as an executive vice president in the University of California System. The search will begin in the spring, according to a university press release.

Waer has served as executive dean for education and academic programs for the A&M College of Medicine since 2018, according to the release. Waer received undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. Her research and clinical interests have focused on surgery, surgical education and breast surgery, and on breast cancer prevention and early detection.

Waer is member of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching from the University of Arizona, and was inducted into Texas A&M College of Medicine’s Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators.

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